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Attorney Richard Fine spent a year and a half behind bars on contempt-of-court charges. Is that justice?

September 18, 2010 |  8:10 am



Richard Fine was released Friday from Los Angeles County Jail -- after spending a year and a half behind bars on contempt-of-court charges. His case became a cause celebre for his supporters and the anti-tax activists he sometimes represented.

Fine, an antitrust and taxpayer advocate attorney, was thrown in jail last year by Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe for failing to answer questions about his finances and for practicing law without a license.

The contempt charges stemmed from a case Fine filed on behalf of Marina del Rey homeowners who sued local developers.

Fine, 70, had been ordered to pay sanctions and attorneys' fees in the case. Fine contends he was being targeted by Yaffe because of his challenges to county-funded benefits that judges receive on top of their state pay.

Should Fine have spent such a long time behind bars? Tell us what you think.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Richard Fine. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times